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During the last decade, there has been an increasing interest in the oil and gas resources of the Arctic. Norwegian governments have proclaimed the Barents Sea and adjacent waters to be the future petroleum province, meant to supersede the North Sea as the activities in that province peter out. In recent years, the bulk of new licenses have been awarded in the Barents Sea, and exploration and exploitation in the north have been stepped up.

What are the conditions for establishing a viable and self-reinforcing petroleum province in the High North? This is the central theme of a research project, funded by the Research Council of Norway’s PETROSAM 2 program, Troms County Council and the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association. The research project is headed by the University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway and carried out in collaboration with IRIS, Norut Alta and Kola Science Centre.

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